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HackAttack Machine Baseball & Softball
1 Round – 75 Balls – $25
1 Round – 150 Balls – $35
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2 Hour $120
3 Hour $160
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2 Hour $950
Each year the Lakeland REALTORS® accepts nominations from their members for the prestigious REALTOR® of the Year award. The REALTOR® of the Year award recognizes an active REALTOR® member who has provided outstanding service to our profession and our community during the year. Criteria include REALTOR® Spirit, high principals, faithfulness to laws and regulations and the REALTOR® Code of Ethics, participation in community activities, and involvement with the Lakeland REALTORS® to help further the mission of the organization and its members.
On Wednesday, December 11, 2019, Lakeland REALTORS® held its annual Installation & Awards Banquet at the beautiful Magnolia Building and awarded the REALTOR® of the Year award to a deserving individual, Susan Conner with Coldwell Banker.
Susan has served in many capacities at the association including two years as the Golf Task Force Chair, raising $17,000 this past year alone for the Lakeland Fire Department.
Susan always has the Association’s best interest at heart. She is a leader in our community and volunteers her time and talents to many worthy causes, including promoting the real estate profession with integrity and honesty, supporting our local police, firefighters, and our military.
The William Loftin Commercial REALTOR® of the Year was presented to David Bunch with Hauger Bunch for his dedication to serving the commercial real estate sector and for his leadership in creating Lakeland’s Bonnet Park.
Juli Surface with CenterState Bank of Lakeland was awarded the Preferred Business Partner of The Year award for her hard work ethic and continuous support of the REALTOR® community.
In addition to these awards, the Volunteer of the Year is selected by the Lakeland REALTORS® staff. The 2019 award went to Angie Reynolds with Megg Homes. Angle has dedicated many volunteer hours to the profession and to Lakeland REALTORS®, including serving on the Community Service and YPN Committees.
The Humanitarian of the Year award was presented to Macara and Jason Parker with Coldwell Banker / JP’s Termite and Pest Control. Macara & Jason work tirelessly to make our community a better place and hold an annual fishing tournament in honor of Jason’s mother who loved to fish and whom they lost to cancer seven years ago. They have raised thousands of dollars in her name benefiting Good Shepherd Hospice. They support many other charities and good causes in the community as well.
The Hall of Fame Award was awarded to Gene Engle with Gene Engle Realty. Gene is a Past President of Lakeland REALTORS®, a REALTOR® EMERITUS having been a member for 40+ years, and served on many committees at Lakeland REALTORS®. Gene is known throughout the Lakeland real estate community for being a pioneer in our city’s legacy and serves on numerous councils and boards throughout central Florida.
This year in addition to the awards above, the Community Superstar Award was presented to Manny Delgado of Rooms to Go for his continued support in providing the furniture sets for our annual Room Makeover project. The Presidential Distinguished Service Award given for outstanding leadership and professionalism in 2019 was presented to Barbara Barnes CEO of Lakeland REALTORS®
Chief Doug Riley with the Lakeland Fire Department, was honored to accept the proceeds from the Lakeland REALTORS® Golf Tournament in the amount of $17,000 for the purchase of an emergency ATV and to start a drone program.
Congratulations to all of our outstanding award winners.
Travis Hills ’19 is the first alumni to become a member of the Florida Polytechnic University Foundation Board of Directors. He was the commencement speaker at Florida Poly’s spring 2019 graduation.
LAKELAND, Fla. – For the first time, students and alumni will have representation on the Florida Polytechnic University Foundation Board of Directors. Travis Hills ’19 and senior Ryan Perez are the new members of the Foundation Board after the University’s Board of Trustees confirmed the appointments on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
“It is important that we have a closer touch with the student experience in their words,” said Alice Hunt, Foundation chair. “I would like to hear thoughts and opinions from these bright minds. I hope we can share our connections and commitments with them as well.”
Hills, who graduated in spring 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, said he is excited to offer a fresh perspective to the Foundation Board. He also wants to help the Board develop innovative ways to support the University and its mission. For him, it is personal.
“My education was possible thanks to a Florida Poly scholarship,” said Hills, who now works as a systems security analyst for Saddle Creek Logistics Services. “I know firsthand the impact University support has in assisting students financially through their college career.”
Hills and Perez will participate in the next Foundation Board meeting, scheduled for Jan. 24, 2020.
The other members of Florida Poly’s Foundation Board of Directors are community leaders and industry experts who see the potential to fuel dreams, boost the economy, and cement Florida Poly’s position as a high-tech leader. The Foundation Board works closely with University leadership to align fundraising efforts with Florida Poly’s plan for the future.
“The big picture is that as we bring new minds to the Foundation, we can all work together to fundraise and continually elevate the University to bigger and better successes,” Hunt said.
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BARTOW, Fla. – Children at schools and libraries in Polk and Hillsborough counties soon will be able to uncover real, prehistoric megalodon teeth, whale vertebrae, seashells, and mollusks – all between 5 million and 24 million years old.
The experience of getting to know these creatures that existed alongside mammoths, mastodons, and sabre tooth cats is thanks to a donation of fossils by Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research (FIPR) Institute, a research entity within Florida Polytechnic University.
FIPR has used the fossils as part of its educational outreach program for more than 15 years, but as its outreach focus shifts to older grade levels, the institute is donating eight carts of fossil collections to elementary schools and libraries in Polk and Hillsborough counties. Each cart contains real samples representative of three geochronologic epochs in Florida’s history. In all, the donation is valued at approximately $32,000.
“It’s incumbent upon Florida Poly to provide these materials to students in the area so they can get an early education and understanding of STEM,” said Dr. Jim Mennie, FIPR’s business director. “We are really happy at FIPR to be able to do that and have these materials go to good use.”
Doby Elementary School, Bartow High School, Polk County’s elementary gifted program, and the Polk County Library Cooperative each are slated to receive two fossil carts.
In addition to the fossils, the carts include rock and mineral identification kits, curriculum materials, and informational texts. The elementary recipients also will receive $1,000 mini STEM research grants.
“Our mission at FIPR is to educate Floridians on phosphate and industrial issues and this is a way of reaching a much younger audience and introducing them to this important Florida industry,” Mennie said. “They are going to see real fossils that if you were to dig out here you might find.”
Indira Sukhraj, Florida Poly’s associate director of educational outreach, coordinates the University’s educational outreach in the community and said the donation will make a big difference in the education of the community’s students.
“I want students in our community to have exposure to STEM education as soon as they can to give them more knowledge and more opportunities in the future,” she said.
She said efforts like these improve the pathway these students have between their school and the University.
In addition to the fossil carts, Sukhraj said FIPR is donating the custom “Plant to Reclaim” game kits to the gifted program at Polk County Schools. The game utilizes engineering Tinker Toys to further education.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be receiving these resources for our gifted students to use,” said Emily Mistretta, gifted coordinator at Polk County Schools. “These will go straight to some of our gifted programs in the district to gifted teachers who are emphasizing STEM with their curriculum for the gifted learners.”